Food container

  • US 7,220,946 B2
  • Filed: 01/23/2004
  • Issued: 05/22/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/23/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A container for holding food items at an elevated temperature and humidity, the container comprising:

  • at least one opening which provides access to move food items into and/or out of the interior of the container, the interior of the container being heated and humidified;

    a duct system configured to direct an air stream across the opening, the duct system comprising a plurality of air returns; and

    a baffle positioned in the duct system adjacent to a water source which is used to humidify the air stream;

    wherein at least one of the air returns is positioned to receive at least a portion of the air stream so that a barrier is formed between the interior of the container and an exterior environment; and

    wherein the container is configured so that the food items are positioned substantially between at least another one of the air returns and the opening, the another one of the air returns being configured to receive another portion of the air stream.

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